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Paradoxes of knowledge and positionality in critical diversity research, a feminist-activist perspective

Title of the event Paradoxes of knowledge and positionality in critical diversity research, a feminist-activist perspective
Series Institutskolloquium Diversitätsforschung
Organizer Institut für Diversitätsforschung
Speaker Amalia Sa'ar
Speaker institution University of Haifa
Type of event Kolloquium
Category Forschung
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Details In the current neoliberal moment, calls for diversity and inclusion typically represent the notion that better accommodation of social, ethnic, racial, and gender heterogeneity will benefit both democratic resilience and economic prosperity. Economists and politicians tend to celebrate diversity as a ‘win-win,’ quintessential capitalist solution to social inequality: for members of marginalized groups it creates new venues for economic success and social inclusion; for the different industries and the economy at large it offers a growth engine through widening the supply of talents and creativity. This perspective fits the late-capitalist habitus, in which political-economic histories of violence and usurpation are repressed and repackaged as freely chosen individual identities.
For critical scholars like myself, who are also engaged social activists, this idea of diversity is challenging. On the one hand, I approach it with suspicion. Well-aware of late-capitalism’s tendency to increase class, ethnic, and racial polarization, I aim to unravel diversity’s underlying, self-denied assumptions, to explore the gaps between its overt discourse and actual consequences, and to dwell on its deeply paradoxical nature. On the other hand, as a feminist activist committed to minority rights and inclusion, I cannot readily dismiss the idea of diversity, for I can see that it has created new opportunities for women and minorities, and has mainstreamed some measures of tolerance towards Others. The talk will address the dilemma of critical, engaged diversity research, using feminist intersectionality theory and examples from the Israeli case.
Date Start: 19.04.2023, 11:00 Uhr
Ende: 19.04.2023 , 13:00 Uhr
Location Verfügungsgebäude (Platz der Göttinger Sieben 7)
Contact Elena Futter-Buck
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